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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release


August 17, 2012


The Price of Poo
Annual Fall Fecal Fest begins at Woodland Park Zoo 

Gigi Allianic, Caileigh Robertson
206.548.2550 |

Enter your bid to purchase the zoo’s highly-coveted Zoo Doo at Fall Fecal Fest.  

Photo Credit: Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo


Get your hands on the most desired poop in Seattle. Woodland Park Zoo’s Fall Fecal Fest is right around the corner. The annual poop event attracts local gardeners to enter a bid to purchase the exotic, highly-coveted Zoo Doo and Bedspread that Dr. Doo, also known as the “Prince of Poo,” the “GM of BM” or the “Grand Poopah,” has been piling all summer.

Pick up where the animals left off. Zoo Doo is the richest, most prized compost in the Pacific Northwest. Composed of species feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores such as elephants, hippos, giraffes and more. Zoo Doo is perfect to grow your veggies and annuals.

Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, is a combination of Zoo Doo, sawdust, and large amounts of wood chips. Bedspread is used to cushion perennial beds and woody landscapes including rose beds, shrubs and pathways.


Due to the high desirability of Zoo Doo, gardening fans must enter a drawing to win the chance to purchase Zoo Doo or Bedspread. Similar to the Spring Fecal Fest, an online form is available to enter. To enter, visit starting August 22. Only one entry per person is eligible for each drawing.

For those Zoo Doo loyalists who don’t have access to a computer, Dr. Doo will accept postcards. Separate postcards are required for Zoo Doo and Bedspread drawings. Only one postcard per person is eligible for each drawing.

For postcard entries, send a standard postcard to: Dr. Doo, Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, WA 98103. Include the following information:

  • Name
  • Day and evening phone numbers
  • Mark postcard: Zoo Doo or B.S.
  • Amount of Zoo Doo or Bedspread you’d like to purchase (anything from a garbage bag to a full-size, pick-up truck load)
  • Weekday or weekend preference for pick-up

The online entries and postcards will be selected randomly for as many entrants possible. Dr. Doo will contact the selected entries only. Phone orders will not be accepted. 


Online forms and postcard entries will be accepted from August 22 through September 7. Pick-up dates begin September 22 through October 8. The lucky winners load the compost and Dr. Doo provides the shovels.


Zoo Doo and Bedspread: Pick-up truck 8x4 bed: $60; 6x4 bed: $45; 6x3 bed: $35. Limit one full truck per person. Garbage cans: $8 to $10 depending on size; bags: $4 to $6 depending on size. Two-gallon and pint-sized buckets are available anytime at the ZooStore for $12.95 and $4.95, respectively.


For more information, call the Poop Line at 206.625.POOP or visit the zoo’s website at


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